There is no new problem here. Consider a beautiful print versus the original oil painting. One is the proud creation of the artist and the other merely copies. One represents the creative process and 'collector' ownership, the other a utilitarian purchase. Fine woodworking is the province of the creator and the collector. The rest is for public use and consumption. The fine woodworker is a creator not a manufacturer. In my family's eyesI'm a fine woodworker and that is enough for me.
for the casual dovetail I used the blue tape trick when marking out. It worked like a charm and its fun to do hand cut joins
50 years ago I saw a 10 year old boy in Morocco turn chair legs between 2 nails as centres. He had a bow (as in bow and arrow) in his left hand with the cord of the bow wrapped around the leg, a turning tool resting on a wooden bar and his foot pressing down and guiding the tool. as he pushed the bow back and forth the chair leg rotated against the tool then backwards while his right hand withdrew the tool and advanced it for the next rotation. He was very quick and amazingly skilled. Child labour laws hopefully have changed this but the skill and technique was worthy of a Krenov commendation !
Have just finished reading Krenov's 'Notebook'..He would have been so pleased his philosophy continues.
Dovetails by hand give me an inner glow but the perfection of the jig impresses my friends!
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